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Traumatic Brain Injuries and Statistical Manipulation

This has a two part trigger, for me, I saw a bus stop sign saying that 1 in 5 returning soldiers have TBI and a BBC headline about "stocks fall on manufacturing data", the last being a poorly constructed sentence that can be read two ways, manufacturing as a noun or as a verb transformed to adjective. Either way it would be accurate, recent events on Wall Street show they've been manufacturing the data for a long long time. But with the TBI example, we get some really complex thought-lines from the one sentence. Is that perhaps 20% of ALL returning military personnel? Even with that 20% being limited to Combat Infantry personnel that would be a shocker. And you KNOW the Army would make it minimal. They've been treating (and getting busted doing it) TBI as "underlying personality disorders with onset prior to service" which means the Pentagoons are Covering Their Collective Poopy Butt. 18332

One photograph I saw showed a newborn baby with three heads.

That's a quote from a BBC report on the ongoing, and growing, number of birth defects in kids in Fallujah."They were well aware that what they said went against the government version, and we were told privately that the Iraqi authorities are anxious not to embarrass the Americans over the issue. There are no official figures for the incidence of birth defects in Falluja. The US military authorities are absolutely correct when they say they are not aware of any official reports indicating an increase in birth defects in Fallujah - no official reports exist

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